There's a lot of love in the air this month — especially for the University of Wisconsin-Madison as alumni celebrate Founders' Day. It was on February 5, 1849 that 20 students gathered in a small, brick building just off the Capitol Square in Madison, marking the first day of class and the founding of the UW as we know it. Since then, the UW has grown in size and prestige. In this issue, you'll see the UW's academic excellence (past, present and future) in action ... and understand why Badger alumni say "Be Mine" to their alma mater all year long.
How do you commemorate the founding of a university that is credited with coming up with the Wisconsin Idea, discovering vitamin B, conducting the first bone marrow transplant, and so much more? By celebrating the UW's academic excellence with alumni at Founders' Day events on campus and around the country. And that's exactly what the Wisconsin Alumni Association has been doing for nearly a century. Oh, and cake ... need lots and lots of cake to properly celebrate, too!
What started in a small, brick building has grown into a world-class institution that makes a big impact in the classroom, in your community and around the globe. In this video, Chancellor Rebecca Blank offers Founders' Day greetings and invites you to share your UW pride.
Since 1936, WAA has been presenting its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, to the most prestigious graduates of UW-Madison. Meet 2013's honorees: Michael Splinter, Vel Phillips, Iris Apfel and Laurie Benson.
From 2008 to 2012, Hilary Knight was a star forward for a Badger women's hockey team that went to the NCAA Frozen Four four times and brought home two championships. Now Knight is one of four Badger women on the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, which this month takes the ice in Sochi, Russia.
At Dinners On Wisconsin!, alumni reveal their winding career paths. Travel along with three Badger grads who highlight their unique life experiences, encourage students to follow their passions and reflect on what the UW brought to the table to influence their career choices.